GUEST POST: Book Review of ‘Looking For JJ’ by Anne Cassidy- by The Teenage Bookaholic

I have always wanted to do book reviews on my site, but I just don’t have the time to consistently read so the wonderful Teenage Bookaholic offered to write one for me! This is a review of Looking for JJ, by Anne Cassidy…

“She should have died on that day. Perhaps, in a way, she had.”
Anne Cassidy ,Looking for JJ

Looking for JJ is an inspiring novel about a young girl called Jennifer who is given the chance to start again. Jennifer Jones has dark and violent past, but when she gets the chance to become Alice Tully she is determined to start again. She gets a job, a boyfriend and a new home. However JJ soon discovers that you can never escape your past. This book taught me that everyone deserves a second chance no matter what they have done or who they are.

Anne Cassidy is a very talented writer, I thought that the way she flipped between Jennifer’s past and her new life was clever and complex. I loved the fact that Jennifer’s new life was no different to anyone else’s and yet she had so many skeletons in her closet. All of the characters in this book were complex and extremely well thought out. Anne Cassidy made all of these characters real and 3D. What I loved most about this book was definitely the fact that this kind of thing really does happen, young children are constantly being rehomed and renamed because of their past. This story is one that stays with you for a long time, and one that is remarkably dark yet uplifting in a way that no other book is.

Looking for JJ is part of a sequel along with Finding Jennifer Jones, I would recommend both but Looking for JJ is definitely my favourite out of the two. I would recommend Looking for JJ for people over the age of 12, this is because if you are any younger you may not understand some of the terms used in the book. This book is by no means inappropriate but if you don’t like crime books, even though this one is mild I wouldn’t recommend you read it.

Looking for JJ is one of the most hard hitting books I’ve ever read. Before I read this book I thought that people who had done bad things should be punished, but this book taught me that people make mistakes that they regret and that living with the grief of what they have done is punishment enough.
Thank you so much for doing this review for me, and thank you for reading this 🙂 If anyone reading this would like to do a guest post please email me at: aleve44@hotmail.com.

Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 3

I want to say a massive thank you to Shivani, Unfashionable Cupcake, My Overflowing Thoughts , Under The Guise Of Glitter and A Teenage Diary Online for nominating me, and if you haven’t checked out their blogs you should because they’re amazing!

Here’s the rules:

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you. Thank you!!
  • Post a quote for three days in a row. 

Here’s my third quote:

“If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, you can find out first hand what it’s like to be me.” – My Chemical Romance, The End

Again, I love this band and this is one of my favourite songs of theirs. I especially like this quote because I think a lot of those reading this can relate to this. There are so many people that hate themselves or want to change themselves, but everyone whose reading this is beautiful 🙂

  • Nominate three other bloggers each day. I’m going to nominate some newer bloggers 🙂
  1. Everyone’s Friend
  2. Mythical Stars
  3. Emily 40810

Thank you so much for the nomination, and thank you for reading 🙂

Three Day Quote Challenge – Day 2

I want to say a massive thank you to Shivani, Unfashionable Cupcake, My Overflowing Thoughts , Under The Guise Of Glitter and A Teenage Diary Online for nominating me, and if you haven’t checked out their blogs you should because they’re amazing!

Here’s the rules:

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you. Thank you!!
  • Post a quote for three days in a row. 

Here’s my second quote:

“Sometimes the person you’d take a bullet for is behind the trigger.” – Fall Out Boy, Miss Missing You

Firstly, Fall Out Boy are my my favourite band and it’s the only band my entire family will listen to- so we have all of their CD’s for when we go on road trips. I think it’s amazing that a band can unite a young teenage boy, an older teenage girl, and two middle aged parents. Plus, this quote is pretty powerful. Sometimes the people you stand up for are the ones who will stab you in the back.

  • Nominate three other bloggers each day. I’m going to nominate some newer bloggers 🙂
  1. Jess The Crunchy Cat
  2. My Life And A Journal
  3. Perks Of Being Jade

Thank you so much for the nomination, and thank you for reading 🙂